The Atelier

François Pouenat, the fifth generation in a family of metalworkers with over 130 years of experience, established his workshop in Nevers, France, in 2007. This atelier stands as a testament to his dedication to preserving tradition while pushing the boundaries of innovation in crafting elemental metals into timeless masterpieces. François Pouenat actively mentors the next generation of metalworkers, passing down traditional techniques and cultivating a passion for excellence.

With over more than a hundred year of experience earned through the family heritage, the workshop is more than just a workspace; it’s a living legacy of passion and dedication to the art of metalworking. Collaborating with some of the most talented designers, each creation is unique and pushes the boundaries of craftsmanship while maintaining a deep respect for natural finishes and enduring design principles. Driven by a relentless pursuit of excellence, François Pouenat’s workshop continues to redefine the art of metalworking, leaving an indelible mark on the world of design and craftsmanship.


Atelier François Pouenat excels in fine metalworking, crafting pieces that embrace both classical and contemporary design. From staircases to fireplaces, each creation showcases the workshop’s dedication to precision and artistry. Francois Pouenat can work with any kind of metal (iron, steel…) and will always provide the best technical advice for each piece he is offered to work on. Renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship, Atelier François Pouenat proudly holds the prestigious Entreprise Du Patrimoine Vivant label, symbolizing its dedication to preserving traditional skills and techniques.

Beyond its creative pursuits, the workshop actively engages in the restoration of historic monuments, showcasing its expertise in safeguarding cultural heritage. Moreover, the Atelier embarks on exceptional contemporary projects, demonstrating its adaptability and innovative spirit.


Atelier François Pouenat is esteemed for its bespoke creations for renowned designers like Pierre Yovanovitch, alongside its own furniture line. As a shining example of its ability to transform spaces with exquisite craftsmanship, Atelier François Pouenat’s contribution to the Plaza Athénée project in Paris. The intricate bannister design, crafted in soft iron with foliage accents in sheet metal and gold leaf, enhances the elegance of this iconic landmark.

Among its signature pieces is the celebrated Barrel desk, recently included in the prestigious catalog of the Mobilier National solidifying Atelier François Pouenat’s position as a leader in the world of metalworking and design.

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